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The reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles knew the road to repeat wasn't going to be an easy one but freezing rain in the forecast definitely doesn't help.

Carson Wentz Carson Wentz. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Not only will Philly need to battle the elements Sunday night, but the Birds will have their most hated rival to conquer as well, the Dallas Cowboys. Even the frozen forecast bound for the City of Brotherly Love has no chance of cooling down the intensity of this must-win matchup.

According to NFLWeather.com, the Sunday forecast still claims partly cloudy skies on Sunday but a Northeastern-bound storm has yet to do it's eventual damage. A cold rain and gusty winds are likely to roll through the Appalachian Mountains on Friday and roll through Pennsylvania and New York. Saturday is expected to still see rain but if the storm lingers longer than expected, Sunday could be a damp and dreary one at Lincoln Financial Field. Temperatures will likely be in the high-30's with wind roughly 4-5 mph but a late 8:20pm kickoff means a frigid fourth quarter is a guarantee.

Lucky for the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4), this will be the fourth game featuring rain the Eagles have played in this season. Quarterback Nick Foles started the opening rain game with a win over Atlanta and Carson Wentz has guided the Eagles to victories in the last two. This team has proven they have both big game experience and rain game experience, meaning Dallas has a tall order to handle on Sunday.

The statistics for this one really favor Philadelphia. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, Philly has won it's last four straight rain games at home and hasn't lost at home since 2012. Overall, since that loss at The Link in '12 the team is an impressive 5-1. Whether it would be Foles or Wentz under center this weekend (don't worry, it's definitely Wentz), history says Eagles fans have minimal need to worry.

The real concern for Philly fans would be if Mother Nature negatively impacts the passing game, then who would step up in the backfield?

Veteran scat back Darren Sproles was eyeballing a return this week but the seasoned speedster was a nonparticipant in Thursday's practice leaving Wendell Smallwood as the listed lead running back once again. Corey Clement also missed Thursday's practice so Smallwood could see almost the entire workload in the ground game. Listed at only $3,400, if Clement and Sproles don't dress on Sunday then Smallwood could be a phenomenal cheap play.

While uncertainty surrounds the Philly ground game, there are zero questions when it comes to the passing attack. Unless the rain turns from drizzle to downpour, Wentz will have himself a field day in the freezing rain. Good or bad weather, tight end Zach Ertz is the perfect security blanket but the rich just got a whole lot richer given the teams' recent trade day acquisition. Golden Tate joins Alson Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews as the league's most dynamic wide receiving corps and if the Cowboys had trouble game planning how to handle the original trio of wideouts before the trade; this game could get out of hand quickly.

The Dallas Cowboys (3-5) are bending big time right now but the 'Boys haven't broken just yet. A loss at Philadelphia this weekend though could open the flood gates.

The Cowboys haven't fared well in poor weather recently, posting a 2-2 rain game record since 2012 but did manage an impressive 33-19 rainy road win in Washington last season. Quarterback Dak Prescott didn't put forth his most impressive performance in that win, but he got that win, and that's all he'll need to do this Sunday.

Prescott has definitely had his ups and downs over his short career, but his gritty style should embrace an ugly game featuring curly conditions, like this one. Thankfully he has the perfect weapon for a rain game in his arsenal, his running back Ezekiel Elliot. Even though Elliot has less than 20 touches in each of his last two games, expect Prescott to feed the beast well over 25+ times this game. Zeke will be an absolute freak this week and the Cowboys will force feed their star RB, rain or shine.

Despite the heavy workload Zeke will take on, the passing game can't be and won't be a stagnant puddle Sunday. Newly-acquired Amari Cooper is the new #1 target in town and much like Zeke is relied on in the ground game, expectations are high for Cooper so 12+ targets isn't a crazy thought. Cole Beasley will still see his underneath targets but given the uncertain health of tight end Geoff Swain, Coopers involvement will only increase.

Typically a high scoring contest, Philly against Dallas has always been a fun matchup to sit back and enjoy from the unbiased spectators perspective. But given the playing conditions and direction both NFC East rivals are headed, this could be the moment during the season where we pinpoint when the Cowboys finally fell through the thin ice that was their 2019 season.


Seattle recibe a Rivers y ala lluvia

por Will Strome | 11-01-2018 10:00

 

Two potential playoff bound teams, the Chargers and the Seahawks, are basically in identical situations midway through the season. They both seem to be flying under the radar despite fantastic records, they both trail seemingly unbeatable teams in their divisions and on Sunday, they'll both be completely soaked.

According to NFLWeather.com, a light rain will begin in the morning with a constant drizzle continuing throughout the day. Come kickoff, temperatures will hover in the mid-50's with wind only topping off around 8-10 mph. With wind not much of an issue, if the worst of the weather if merely a drizzle, hopefully that won't have any negative impact on the game. However, if the drizzle turns to downpour then this massive non conference matchup will see two top teams look sloppy.

The Los Angeles Chargers (5-2), used to playing in sunny Southern California, will no doubt be out of their comfort zone this weekend. Since 2012, the Chargers have only played in three rain games and lost each of them. All three losses were within a single score but the offense could only muster a total of 22 points. Not 22 points per game, 22 points over three games.

If LA has any intention of beating Seattle on the road with terrible weather in the forecast, the team can't rely on the stout play of the defense while the offense is loaded with talent. Veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers hasn't had much success in the rain but here's a golden opportunity to do so while trying to keep pace with Kansas City at the top of the division. Rivers has been careful with the ball this season, limiting his turnovers which he'll need to continue in the damp Pacific Northwest.

But limiting turnovers alone won't bring the Chargers back to LA with a win, they'll need someone to step up and help their veteran QB. Rain definitely won't help the passing game but a lot will be expected of wideouts Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams. Allen is long overdue for a big game, having not found the end zone since week one, while Williams has been getting better and better. As the rain worsens tho, Rivers will likely target his third down back Austin Ekeler who's been a force in the short passing attack.

Phillip Rivers Phillip Rivers. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

While Ekeler has been a delight in Rivers' aerial assault, he's been nonexistent in the ground game. There's a chance he'll get the start again but all signs are pointing to Melvin Gordon returning from his hamstring injury. With a healthy Gordon and heavy rainfall, the Chargers will without question favor keeping the ball on the ground with their sensational young RB.

The Seattle Seahawks (4-3) too have had to deal with injuries to running backs but it looks like the team finally has a strong lead runner. Chris Carson has been on a tear his last four games and he'll get a heavy workload on Sunday given how mediocre the 'Hawks passing game has been.

p>Even with the state of the passing game, Seattle shouldn't be worried. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, the Seahawks are 8-3 in the rain at home since 2010 and have scored 24 or more points in eight of them. Clearly a little rain doesn't slow this train down.

Aside from Seattle's stellar defensive units over the years, much of the rain game success credit should go to their versatile gunslinger. Russell Wilson is the perfect player under center when the elements are working against the offense. However, over the last couple seasons Wilson's rushing attempts have slowly dimmed down. Only once this season has Wilson rushed for six times or more in a game, but the 'Hawks might feature more rushing plays for their QB as the weather worsens this week.

Another reason why we might see Wilson scramble more than usual this week is the lack of help he's getting from his offensive weapons. Doug Baldwin has been a dud, Tyler Lockett still isn't emerging as a legitimate #2 and David Moore is slowly becoming more and more involved. All three players are below $5,500 in daily fantasy but not even worth a look.

Nobody is talking about both of these teams but nobody in the league wants to play either of them. In the words of Rodney Dangerfield, "I never get any respect!" Well, with a statement win this weekend in crummy conditions, maybe one of two will finally start getting some love around the league.


Redskins y luuvia camino a la gran manzana

por Will Strome | 10-26-2018 15:00

 

Unlike destructive tropical storms that have been a constant threat to the East Coast over the last few weeks, Eli Manning and the New York Giants are the gentle eye of the hurricane. Despite being right in the heart of all the NFC East action, the Giants have been the calm, non-threatening break during any opposition's regular season schedule. While the rest of the chaotic division features a trio of teams considered dangerous and all legitimate contenders for the conference title, heading to play the Giants is now an easy win. But in the Big Apple this weekend, the soft eye of the hurricane will be far from New York City as a coastal storm is expected bring rain and gusty winds to the Northeast.

Alex SMith Alex Smith. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, Sunday sees mostly cloudy skies throughout the day but the weather is beginning to look increasingly worse with the storm headed straight towards New Jersey. As of Wednesday, the low could dip into the high-40's and winds are in the 10-12 mph range but as the storm approaches, expect that temperature to plummet and the wind to only worsen. There's currently a 15-18% chance of precipitation for Sunday but with the Northeast expecting heavy rain all day Saturday, don't be surprised if the rain storm continues.

The New York Giants (1-6) have been a stagnant puddle in the NFL for a while now but at least the team is competitive in the rain. Since 2010, the Giants are 7-5 when rain is in the forecast and 5-2 at home over that span. They'll need Mother Nature to be on their side if they have any intention of pulling of this upset within the division and saving their season from all but seeming officially over.

One thing that helps when rain is a factor is a strong ground game and the Giants have one of the best backs in the biz. Rookie Saquon Barkley has done everything expect disappoint and even though the running back only averages 12.5 carries a game, the former Penn State star has been a monster in the passing game. Over the last two weeks, Barkley's been targeted 22 times and expect that trend to continue into week eight.

While Barkley has thrived on a weekly basis, superstar Odell Beckham Jr. seems to come and go. Every other week, OBJ has racked up over 100+ receiving yards but only twice has he seen less than 10 targets. Beckham might disappear from time to time, but Barkley is without question the foundation of this struggling offense.

One major reason for the offensive struggles have been the atrocious play of the offensive line. Quarterback Eli Manning has been the second-most sacked QB in the league thus far and don't expect much to change against a stout Washington defense. Since he'll have little time for the deep ball, given the awful o-line and the potential elements from the storm won't allow it, Manning must stick to the short swing pass to Barkley and get Sterling Shepard (averages over seven targets per game) and now-healthy tight end Evan Engram involved in what's been a pathetic passing game.

Like the Giants the division-leading Washington Redskins (4-2) haven't had the most intimidating offense this season but Washington does have a QB who's had plenty of experience winning in the rain. Veteran Alex Smith has seen it all when it comes to weather conditions having previously played in Kansas City and the former first-overall pick knows what it takes to pulling out an ugly win in crummy conditions.

According to NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, Smith is 7-3 in the rain since 2013 and 3-3 on the road. Since 2010, the Washington Redskins franchise is 4-5 in the rain over that span so having an experienced quarterback under center when playing conditions could be unpredictable is a nice upgrade from the youngsters in the past.

Alex Smith is hoping to have a healthy Chris Thompson for both the rushing and passing game. As the weather worsens the team will look to get Adrian Peterson and Thompson more involved on the ground but Thompson has been much more effective catching out of the backfield. Expect Thompson to see opportunities via carries and receptions will AP will be the lead back in the ground game. At a reasonable $4,900 price tag in daily fantasy and averaging about 20 carries over the last two weeks, AP could be a great start if winds get heavy.

If the 'Skins don't have to abandon the passing game because of the weather, it will be interesting to see who finally steps up for Smith. Both Paul Richardson Jr. and Jameson Crowder missed last week and as of Wednesday, don't appear on track to play this week. Tight end Jordan Reed will need to be the number one target, despite only seeing 6 or more targets only once this year. Wide receivers Josh Doctson and Michael Floyd are listed as the starters but Reed finally needs to play to his potential.

The last time Smith threw for 200+ yards was week four and coincidentally, that was also the last game he turned the ball over. Even though he's not getting help from his mediocre receiving corps; forcing deep balls and straying from the short game that's been working could lead to Washington surrendering the NFC East lead.

This game will be nasty on a number of fronts. The weather will be nasty, the hate these two rivals have for each other and will show is genuinely nasty, and the final score will likely leave a nasty taste in the mouths of the home teams' players, coaches and fans. Little has gone right for the New York Football Giants this season and as long as Washington can avoid any self-inflicted wounds, the 'Skins are going to win an ugly one in some ugly weather.


Fuertes vientos esperan a los Saints en Baltimore

por Will Strome | 10-19-2018 20:00

 

In the friendly confines of the Superdome, the New Orleans Saints high octane offense is absolutely electric and routinely puts up substantial points with ease and grace. One reason for that, aside from the obvious home field advantage, is the team never has to worry about battling the outdoor elements.

Well, come Sunday in Baltimore the team that plays it's home games indoors is going to have to endure swirling 15-18 mph winds on a chilly night. Oh, and they'll have to handle a Ravens' defense that forced 11 sacks inTennessee last week.

Drew Brees Drew Brees. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, partly cloudy skies and an endless breeze will be in the Sunday forecast with temperatures dipping into the high-40's. A late 4:05pm kickoff in M&T Bank Stadium will leave for a frigid second half, but thankfully for fans and players alike there's a minimal chance of precipitation as of Thursday.

New Orleans (4-1) hasn't played in a poor weather game in quite some time so it might take a quarter or two for this offense to get rolling, if it indeed can.

According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, it's been over three years since the last time the Saints played a rain or snow game and only six times since 2013 has New Orleans played an outdoor game when temperatures dipped into the 40's or lower.

Quarterback Drew Brees, who loves the deep ball, might be a bit more limited in his passing attack as the wind picks up. Brees, a trusted veteran, is notorious for making smart decisions and avoiding forcing the ball into areas that result in turnovers but a breeze could easily create unexpected issues where there typically isn't (the same goes for the kicking game).

If Mother Nature forces Brees to abandon the long ball, luckily he has no shortage of offensive weapons. Wideout Michael Thomas has become an elite WR in the NFL with veterans Ted Ginn Jr. and Cameron Meredith alongside him, however, Ginn Jr. and Meredith have a questionable tag leaving Tre'Quan Smith as the potential #2 target this week. If both veterans can't suit up, Smith will look to add to his 111-yard receiving performance from a week five against Washington and a $3,700 price tag in daily fantasy makes him a sneaky potential sneaky sleeper play worth monitoring.

While the passing game gets most of the attention for the league's second-best offense, it's been the Saints' ground game that's been extremely impressive and will be relied upon heavily given the expected crummy conditions for Sunday's non-conference bout. Alvin Kamara is a force in both the passing and rushing attack but now that Mark Ingram has returned from suspension, Kamara's touches might decrease a bit but the two-headed monster will be even more effective as a whole. In other words, the rich just got richer.

Like the Saints, the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) have more than one option in the backfield and both will be leaned on heavily to try to eliminate the wind-factor. Alex Collins has been the lead back who's seen double digit carries each of the last four weeks while Javorious Allen has been more involved in the passing game and even redone appearances. Even though Allen's on the field for less than 40% of offensive plays last week, the worse the weather gets will only increase his usage.

While Baltimore will want to control possession by dominating the ground game, Joe Flacco will desperately need to do something he hasn't done since Week Four if the Ravens want a second straight win and that's avoid throwing an interception. Flacco has yet to drop back less than 34 times a game so even with wind a factor, it's impossible for the Ravens to completely avoid the passing game. Flacco will still attempt well over 20-25 passes with John Brown, Michael Crabtree and former Saint Willie Snead IV as his veteran go-to's.

This matchup is a classic great offense pitted against a great defense with Brees and Terrell Suggs as the proven leaders. But if the wind gets out of hand, it could be the kickers, not the future Hall of Famers, who might steal the show. Let's not forget, Saints' Will Lutz is used to living life indoors while Justin Tucker has never missed a PAT in his career. On a nicer day, this could be a shootout but a strong breeze could turn this battle into a low-scoring chess match.


Podra la nieve de Denver detener a los Rams?

por Will Strome, Columnist | 10-12-2018 20:00

 

Nothing has been able to simmer down a piping hot Los Angeles Rams offense this season but a cold front in the Rocky Mountains could be just the thing that can cool down the league's most sizzling offense.

As Hurricane Michael heads towards the East Coast, the midwest is in full-fall mode but apparently Denver is skipping straight to winter. Only six weeks into the 2018 campaign and snow is already in the NFL forecast when the Denver Broncos host the undefeated Rams on Sunday at 4:05 EST.

According to NFLWeather.com, a 90% chance of precipitation is expected and with the temperature come kickoff lingering in the mid-to-high 20's, the first snow of the season is very much a possibility. As of Thursday, about 2-4 inches is anticipated at Broncos Stadium at Mile High Wind shouldn't be much of a factor, maxing out around 8-10 mph, but a slick grass surface is very likely even if the snow doesn't stick after the pregame tarp is removed.

Los Angeles (5-0) hasn't played in a snow game in years but the Rams are definitely a team built to play in poor weather which is surprising for a side that plays in sunny LA. The Rams foundation is built around, arguably, the best defensive front seven in the league, making rushing the football against LA extremely difficult and forcing the opposition to use additional blockers for pass protection against the Rams' merciless pass rush.

But, the offense is equally as ideal a group to compete in crummy conditions. Even though the Rams have been recently getting plenty of praise for their passing game, it'll be the solid rushing attack that works so well in the snow. While the team averages over 131 rushing yards per game (7th in NFL), top dog Todd Gurley handles the bulk of that work. Gurley averages over 20 touches a game but the more the snow falls, the more Gurley will get handed the rock. However, the worse the weather gets, the more likely Gurley will be involved in the passing game as well.

Leading that aerial assault is quarterback Jared Goff, heading into his first career NFL snow game, who seems to improve every week. Goff already mentioned how it's the wind, not the snow, that bothers him the most during a game but even if he has no issue with his release, he'll desperately need to avoid losing control turning the ball over which has been the lone criticism of his performances this season.

If the forecast features flurries and the passing game is available, there's a chance Goff still might struggle if he'll be without his top targets. Receivers Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp were non-participants in practice midweek after a concussion last week, leaving Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds as the potential primary receiving threats. Reynolds could be a sneaky daily fantasy play, listed at only $3,900.

Todd Gurley Todd Gurley. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

While the Rams offense has flourished and thrived this season, the Denver Broncos (2-3) desperately need the natural elements to help slow down the visitors attack so the hosts can control possession on offense as much as possible. The best chance Denver has of downing an unbeaten LA team is keeping Goff and Gurley off the field, plain and simple.

However, the Broncos do have success in the snow at home in big games. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, Denver's last snowy Mile High win was a 30-24 overtime thriller over New England in 2015. By the way, that dealt the Patriots their first loss of the season. Sounds like a familiar opportunity is in front of Denver this week.

What the Broncos will have to do well in the snow if they want to pull off this massive upset is do the one thing they've been able to do well this season, run the football. The team is third in the league in rushing, averaging 137 mpg, with Phillip Lindsay featuring as the lead back who's seen double digits carries in four of five games this season.

Despite the team's rushing success, the Broncos ground game unfortunately hasn't quite opened up the passing attack. That being said, Denver can't rely on Case Keenum to win this one for them, battling both the Rams staunch defense and a frigid Mother Nature. If Keenum's ineffective, sadly for fantasy owners expect star wideouts Emmanuel Sanders and Demeryius Thomas to have frustrating afternoons.

Both the Rams and Broncos boast two of the NFL's most dynamic rushing attacks and both will be on full display, especially as the snow falls more and more. If this game was in Los Angeles, nobody would give Denver a chance but the Rams have only played one game this season outside of the state of California. With snow in the forecast, the Rams players will very much be out of their comfort zones.


Dolphins vs Bengals Avance

por The NFLW Team | 10-04-2018 18:00

 

La gente de Cincy Jungle tienen un gran avance del partido entre Dolphins y Bengals de este domingo. Podran los Bengals continuar su racha ganadora ante otro lider de division?

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Tormentas y Jaguares el domingo en cancha de los Chiefs

por Will Strome | 10-04-2018 16:00

 

Whether it’s been against a good defense, in a difficult away atmosphere, or down two scores late in the fourth quarter, this season the Kansas City Chiefs have already proven they can overcome anything.

Well, just about anything, because the Sunday environment in KC could feature something the undefeated host team has yet to encounter. This week when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town, we’ll see if the Chiefs can overcome a new feat; battling both Mother Nature and a strong AFC side.

Tyreek Hill Tyreek Hill. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, a light rain is expected for the 1pm Sunday kickoff but precipitation will be apparent all day from morning through the evening. Kansas City is anticipating on rain arriving Saturday or possibly late Friday night but thunderstorms are in the Saturday and Sunday forecasts. Temperatures will be in the mid-to-high 60’s and wind will hover around 10mph, making a slick pigskin and grass surface inside Arrowhead Stadium the midweek concern for both sides.

Kansas City (4-0) has played in over a dozen rain games since 2010 but the team’s young quarterback has yet to participate in a single one. Sophomore QB Patrick Mahomes seems to look better and better each week and we’ll see if the backyard football-style gunslinger can shine through the upcoming weekend storm.

Lucky for him, his team has been almost perfect when the weather is anything but. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, the Chiefs are 9-4 in rain games since 2010 (8-2 since ‘13) and 4-0 at home during that span. Clearly the elements don’t slow down the offense too much, given the team has scored almost 80 points over its last three rain games.

Much of that rain game success can be attributed to the team’s ability to avoid turning the ball over and control possession by dominating the ground game. This dominance in rushing began years ago with Jamaal Charles but Kareem Hunt is now the top dog in the KC backfield. Hunt, who torched Denver last week for 121 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown, is listed at only $5,800 on DK this weekend (cheaper than Chris Thompson) which is the lowest his price tag has been all season.

Two regularly expensive players in daily fantasy on the Chiefs offense can be found in the passing game, tight end Travis Kelce and speedy star wideout Tyreek Hill. However, Hill’s price plummeted from $8,200 to $6,900 this week and if Sammy Watkins is a no-go following last week’s injury, like Hunt, Tyreek the Freak are at a price worth considering. Pick with caution though, the reason for the cheap listing is a combination of the potential thunderstorms and the Jags stingy D.

Jacksonville, like KC, has been a tough team to beat in the rain recently and post a 5-2 record since 2010.

Unfortunately for the Jags this week, they’ll be without their most coveted rain game weapon, Leonard Fournette. Now that Fournette has been ruled out, T.J. Yeldon will be left with full-time running back duties while Corey Grant will see the occasional snap. With the rushing attack down it’s best best man, it’s up to the JAX passing game to put together a second straight perfect performance if the team wants any chance of pulling off this damp away game upset.

Quarterback Blake Bortles is a surprising 3-0 in rain games and could surprise a few doubters this weekend. In his three rain games, Bortles has a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 63% completion percentage. He’ll need his trio of WR’s to cause issues in the KC secondary but guessing who the weekly top target will be is turning into quite the mystery. Keelan Cole emerged as an early favorite for Bortles but both Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncrief had a pair of 100-yard receiving performances last week while Cole only saw three targets.

Despite Bortles’ rain game success, it’s truly been the Jaguars defense that should get all the credit. Especially given the unit gets better when the weather worsens. Over the last three rain games, the team has only surrendered an average of 11 points per game.

The red hot Kansas City offense hasn’t been weathered by much this season but a stout Jacksonville defense and crummtions come game time could be the storm that finally brings rain to the Chiefs’ 2018 unbeaten parade. A parade that lasted much longer than anyone expected.


NFL para los que no tienen cable

por The NFLW Team | 10-01-2018 18:00

 
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone. NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

 

The two most difficult forecasts in Florida to anticipate around this time of year are incoming tropical storms and the weekly performances of Blake Bortles. Tropical Storm Kirk is lurking far off the East Coast, midweek, but weekend weather will potentially be disrupted as the storm moves northwest, directly towards Jacksonville where the Jaguars host the New York Jets Sunday at 1p.

Keelan Cole Keelan Cole. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, a drizzle is expected early in the day with the percentage chance of precipitation increasing as the game goes on. Jacksonville is likely going to begin experiencing scattered thunderstorms as early as Friday and extending through Tuesday. Game time temperatures will be in the mid-to-low 80’s with humidity around 70-72%. Wind shouldn’t be much of an issue, maxing out around 10mph, but a slick surface and football will be an interesting obstacle for both sides.

Jacksonville (2-1) is well aware rain is on the horizon this weekend, but the team has zero idea which Blake Bortles will show up. Will it be the quarterback who torched the Patriots for 376 yards and four scores with no Leonard Fournette or the QB who was a no-show against a mediocre Tennessee team?

If history tells us anything, expect Bortles to make it rain in the rain. In his two career rain games (both wins), Bortles completed 35-of-63 attempts for 330 yards, two touchdowns and only one turnover. If Fournette is once again a no-go this week, the Jags will lean heavy on the young gunslinger who still seems to be searching for a number one wideout to emerge this season.

Young receiver Keelan Cole has seen 17 targets over the last two weeks and appears to be Bortles’ early favorite, but WR’s Dede Westbrook and veteran Donte Moncrief have also been involved in the passing game. Another veteran waiting for a breakout game, tight end and former New York Jet Austin Seferian-Jenkins, has a juicy matchup for revenge given the visiting teams’ inability to stop the TE and the crummy conditions.

Poor playing conditions haven’t seemed to be a recent problem for the Jags. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, since 2010 the team is 4-2 in the rain and 2-0 at home. Despite the team’s and the QB’s recent rain game triumphs; if they can’t establish somewhat of a ground game without Fournette, this could surpringly be a close one. Backup T.J. Yeldon didn’t practice on Wednesday but at least Fournette suited up, along with third stringer Corey Grant who could see an uptick in touches this week.

Like the Jags, the New York Jets (1-2) don’t exactly have a concrete starting running back headed into this week four matchup either. It’s been a split backfield between veterans Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell, with neither being an exciting start this weekend despite the bad weather. The Crow has slowly emerged as the lead back and has found the end zone four times already, but big RB fantasy points against the JAX D is hard to come by.

Another player who is an absolute must-sit this weekend is rookie QB Sam Darnold. Aside from this being Darnold’s first career rain game, we’re still waiting on the rookie to create some chemistry with at least one of his wideouts. Veterans Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse have been invisible, but an interesting top target for Darnold has been Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa has averaged almost 10 targets per game and could be a sneaky cheap play in daily fantasy given his $4,300 price tag.

Since 2009, the Jets are 3-5 in rain games and haven’t had a rain game road win since 2012. The Jets have a rookie QB under center going up against one of the league’s most tenacious defensive units. The Jets are staring at a brutal forecast coming up and Mother Nature isn’t going to be giving them any favors. This could get ugly and sloppy in more ways than one.


 

The Carolinas have been devastatingly crushed by Hurricane Florence and finally for the first time in a chaotic week, the East Coast will get a temporary breather from the downpours. But, it won’t last long. Hurricane season is far from over but for the moment, North and South Carolina can expect a brief few days of dry weather before more rain rolls through towards the end of this coming weekend. Charlotte is expecting rain Sunday all the way through Thursday, arriving just in time for the Cincinnati Bengals’ trip to the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon.

Andy Dalton Andy Dalton. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, overcast skies are in the forecast with rain in the morning. Even if the precipitation dies down come the 1pm kickoff, the grass surface inside Bank of America Stadium should be slick. It won’t be a surprise to see players try out a couple different lengths of cleats during warmups. Temperatures should stay in the high-70’s with wind being a minimal factor, maxing out around 4-5 mph.

The last time the Carolina Panthers (1-1) hosted a rain game was a 20-17 loss to Kansas City in 2016. But, prior to that, the Panthers last home loss in the rain was to the Bengals back in 2010 Since 2010, the Panthers are 4-4 in rain games but their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback does post a career rain game winning record.

Cam Newton is a perfect QB for competing in crummy conditions. With a 4-2 record in the rain, Cam’s ability to control the game while battling the elements is not something all NFL quarterbacks can do. With a 56% completion rate in the rain (112-of-200), he’s totaled 1,325 yards and seven passing touchdowns. He’s also ran for two scores and over 180 yards, making him a dangerous dual threat in games where passing is considered a premium.

But against the Bengals, Carolina will likely lean on their sophomore sensation Christian McCaffrey, both in the ground game and passing attack. McCaffrey managed only 37 yards rushing last week but caught 14 passes for 102 yards out of the backfield. As the weather worsens, quick screens and short passes to the former Stanford star will likely be the go to.

With Greg Olsen likely out for a minimum of five weeks, Carolina needs someone to step up in the passing game to avoid solely having to rely on Cam and McCaffrey. Wide out Devin Funchess is penciled in as the number one receiver but still has yet to produce impressive starting WR statistics. Along with Funchess, tight ends Ian Thomas and Chris Manhertz could see some heavy targets, especially in the red zone.

Like Carolina’s QB, the Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) have a gunslinger under center who doesn’t seem to get flustered when bad weather is looming in the forecast. Andy Dalton is a career 5-1 in rain games and averages 34 passing attempts per game, meaning a damp football doesn’t deter Dalton from veering away from the passing game. Wide out AJ Green will without question garner the most targets but Tyler Boyd has stepped up and performed well over the last two weeks. They’ve needed another threat in the passing game given tight end Tyler Eifert has only been targeted seven times this season. Expect Sunday to likely be Eifert’s breakout game.

The Bengals will need guys to step up for Dalton, especially if running back Joe Mixon can’t play. If Mixon doesn’t dress, Gio Bernard will get the bulk of touches and a lot will be expected from the versatile veteran back. Over the last few rain games, it appears Dalton favors finding his tight ends and running backs and little will likely change this weekend.

According to the NFLWeather Historical Analytics, since 2010 the Bengals are 6-3 in the rain with the last road rain game victory being against Carolina (20-7) back in 2010. If Cincinnati can continue playing a complete game like it has been the last two weeks, the Bengals will be a shocking 3-0 and easily one of the most deceivingly dangerous team in the league.

While the rest of the country, the Midwest especially, is expecting the first signs of autumn this weekend by welcoming cooler weather; the East Coast is still very much focused on the Tropical Storms still in the Atlantic basin. Just because Florence has come and gone, doesn’t mean we’re through the thick of it yet... and there’s a good chance that’ll be glaringly apparent for Sunday’s non conference Panthers-Bengals bout.


Huracan Florence puede afectar parcialmente el partido entre COlts y Redskins

por Will Strome, Columnist, NFLWeather.com | 09-13-2018 15:00

 

Wasington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has already declared a state of emergency regarding the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence, the first major storm of the year which is likely destined for the Chesapeake this weekend. Despite the inevitable arrival of the hurricane, the NFL has yet to move the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts game to a different time or location.

Josh Gordon Josh Gordon. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The game is currently set for Sunday at 1pm inside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. However, the league is considering contingency plans but zero information has been released. As of Wednesday, three NCAA top-25 teams’ have cancelled games while a number of other college games have been moved to an entirely different location or date/time to avoid the powerful storm with landfall expected Friday.

Catastrophic wind, rain and flash flooding are expected to hit the Carolinas and crawl up the coast this weekend, complements of the Category 4 Hurricane which is still lingering off the East Coast.

According to NFLWeather.com, the forecast currently says mostly cloudy with overcast skies throughout the afternoon but that will be a best case scenario. The closer we get to kickoff, the closer the storm is getting to the Carolina’s, Georgia, Virginia and the Chesapeake. Keep an eye on the NFLW forecast because East Coast weather will be changing dramatically and drastically over the next few days. As the weather worsens in the greater D.C. area, anticipate torrential rain and raging wind for Sunday’s non-conference bout (if the league doesn’t move it).

Rain has not led to many favorable results in recent years for the Washington Redskins (1-0). Since 2009, the ‘Skins are 3-6 in rain games and 0-3 at home during that span Perhaps an experienced veteran under center like Alex Smith, who has played in dozens of professional games in crummy conditions, can reverse the curse in D.C.

When asked by reports about how to handle the rain, Smith simply said, “ball security and ball handling are a premium. Fundamentals and attention to detail are a premium when playing in bad weather.” Smith is certainly one to know about ball security given the former first overall pick has only turned the ball over five times in his last seven games impacted by poor weather.

Given how well Washington ran the ball last week at Arizona (24-6 victory) the team might not even need to rely on Smith’s arm. The ‘Skins only averaged 90.5 rushing yards per game a year ago but managed to roll through the Cardinals’ defense for a league-best 182 rushing yards. Newly acquired veteran RB Adrian Peterson torched Arizona for 96 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. AP even tacked on 70 yards receiving, showing us signs of the AP of old but he wasn’t alone. Chris Thompson averaged 13 yards a carry from only five touches but Thompson tacked on a TD and 63 receiving yards. This two headed monster in the backfield is what Indy should fear most, especially in a mud bowl.

Like the ‘Skins, the Indianapolis Colts (0-1) are pretty poor in rain games. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, the Colts are 0-3 in the rain since 2014 including a 23-16 loss to Baltimore last season followed the very next week by the famous Blizzard Bowl in Buffalo which the Colts lost as well. Even though Indy plays it’s home games in a dome, it’s time to adapt to the conditions and finally win one in the rain.

But there is hope. Finally, the Colts have a healthy Andrew Luck back at quarterback who nearly beat the Panthers in a rain game in 2015 until Indy fell in overtime. Against Carolina, Luck still dropped back 47 times so it’s clear rain won’t deter the gunslinger from dropping back. Heavy winds, however, could alter the passing game plan of attack all together.

If winds do pick up, the Colts are hopeful running back Marlon Mack will be healthy enough to suit up. Mack missed the 34-23 loss to Cincinnati last week and in his place was Jordan Wilkins who had an incredibly ineffective 40 yards from 14 carries performance. Given, the team was without star left tackle Anthony Castonzo (also protects Luck’s blindside) who hopefully will be good to go for week two.

If Sunday rolls around and the league hasn’t moved the game to a different time/location, assume Hurricane Florence will completely disrupt both sides’ passing games. That said, it appears the ‘Skins have the edge both defensively and in the ground game. But just because the Colts haven’t won in the rain in a few years doesn't mean they can’t handle both the natural elements and the home team. If it comes down to a field goal, don’t forget Indy has the most clutch kicker in the history of the league in Adam Vinatieri.


NFL Semana 2: Bengals vs Ravens claves del partido

por The NFLW Team | 09-12-2018 16:10

 
Aqui esta todo lo que necesitas saber para el partido entre Bangals y Ravens este jueves por la noche : https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/9/12/17844432/nfl-week-2-primer-cincinnati-bengals-1-0-vs-baltimore-ravens-1-0

Huracan Florence con vientos de hasta 130mph

por The NFLW Team | 09-12-2018 11:00

 
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Huracan Florence crece

por The NFLW Team | 09-11-2018 08:00

 
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Browns reciben a steelers para iniciar la temporada

por The NFLW Team | 09-08-2018 10:00

 

High pressure in the forecast is typically synonymous with nice weather and if the pressure is low, then rain or clouds or other bad weather is looming. Well, the pressure is going to be high this weekend in Northeastern Ohio and not because the conditions will be great. In fact, pressure will be low with rain storms and wind bound for Cleveland. The high pressure results from the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers might actually lose to the Browns for the first time since 2014.

A win for Cleveland on Sunday will, in the eyes of Browns fans, immediately eliminate the painful memory of a winless season from last year. The Steelers, AFC North Division champions from a season ago, have all the glaring pressure on them this Sunday. With rain storms headed for Lake Erie this weekend, the natural elements and an intensely fired up home team might be too much for the Steelers to handle.

Josh Gordon Josh Gordon. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, temperatures will be a comfortable 68 degrees throughout the game but 17-19mph winds will be a constant nuisance for players and fans alike. As of Wednesday, Hurricane Florence is only a potential threat worth monitoring, but who knows what could change by Sunday. Light rains are expected for the 1pm kickoff inside FirstEnergy Stadium but if the storm approaches the coast in the next few days, the Kentucky Bluegrass surface could create some serious slippage.

The Steelers (13-3 last year) have had plenty of success in rain games over the years, 11-4 since 2010, but the Black and Gold haven't been invincible. According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, the Steelers are 2-2 in their last four rain games and 1-2 on the road in the rain. A record of 11-4 is impressive, but poor conditions might be the chink in the Steelers' armor.

However, when you take a look at the Three B's stats in crummy conditions, you'd think an already high octane offense was even more devastating. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 13-3 in weather impacted games since 2012 with only seven total turnovers (speaking of seven, Big Ben's tossed seven TD's in only his last two rain games). Running Back Le'Veon Bell (James Connor might get the start given Bell has yet to report to practice) has averaged over 130 yards rushing and over 40 yards receiving in his last pair of rain games, including a touchdown a piece as well. To finish off the Three B's, wideout Antonio Brown needs no introduction and is a threat in the rain, snow or shine. If anything, with all eyes on AB, the Browns need to keep tabs on JuJu Smith-Schuster or the second year star WR will torch the Cleveland secondary.

The Browns (0-16 last year) have few stats that make the team look promising. But when it comes to rain games, here's proof that Cleveland is on the up and up. Even though the Browns are 2-7 in the rain since 2009, the team is 2-1 over the last three home rain games. Yes, you read that correctly, a winning record for Cleveland.

This season is an entirely new-look side, led by newly-acquired Tyrod Taylor with top pick in the draft this past offseason, Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, penciled in as the backup. Another big name listed as a backup is Josh Gordon who is likely only temporarily behind Jarvis Landry and rookie Antonio Callaway on the WR depth chart. But, the Browns difference maker in a grind it out rain game against a division rival could be veteran RB Carlos Hyde who was a former bruising back at Ohio State. Behind Hyde is Duke Johnson and rookie Nick Chubb, creating an intriguing and versatile backfield for the Dawg Pound.

Hurricane Florence is the first major hurricane of 2018, and there's a chance it could impact NFLWeather along the east coast this weekend. If the Browns can create the perfect storm on Sunday, there is a great chance we'll see the first major upset for the 2018 NFL season. For the latest forecasts and no pop-up ads, stay tuned to NFLWeather.com when entering your fantasy line-up.


Super frio Super Bowl ... fuera del estadio

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 02-01-2018 10:00

 

For the first time in NFL history, the second half kickoff temperatures during the Super Bowl will potentially dip below zero. Well, outside the venue it will be unbearably cold but luckily for fans attending Super Bowl LII, U.S. Bank Stadium will be cozy and comfortable for Sunday’s matchup in Minneapolis, MN when the New England Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles.

An indoor Super Bowl always dampens the final NFLWeather.com story of the season, but, up until this final week we’ve endured just about every possible forecast. Serious snow found its way to Buffalo where the Bills won in a blizzard against the visiting Indianapolis Colts in overtime. Hurricane Irma forced the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers to reschedule their Week One matchup for sunny skies later in the season. Thus, both teams had to use their mid-season bye in the opening weekend. Dozens of games over the last few weeks featured freezing temperatures but somehow, someway, neither outdoor game over Conference Championship weekend offered even a flurry.

For Super Bowl weekend however, a frigid forecast will be in full force for any fan crazy enough to brave a Minneapolis outdoor bar crawl but conditions for the big game will be perfect, much to our dismay. Let’s be honest, wouldn’t we all enjoy watching another Ice Bowl?

Tom Brady Tom Brady. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, the Twin Cities will be a frozen tundra with a cold front rolling in this week. Game time temps will hover in single digits but plummet as the evening goes on, with the wind chill expected to be around -14 come the fourth quarter. There’s still a chance for snow but a 100% chance of icy Siberian conditions, but probably not near enough for the dome to collapse……again.

Even though both sides play outdoor home games, Philadelphia and New England both competed plenty of times indoors over the last few years. Inside domes on the road since 2013, the Eagles are 4-6 but haven’t won indoors since Philly flew to Dallas and escaped with a 33-27 win in November of ’15. Quarterback Nick Foles was an indoor quarterback during his years in St. Louis, so don’t think he’ll be completely out of his element as he goes up against the G.O.A.T., Tom Brady.

According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, Bill Belichick and company are a flawless 10-0 in domes since the team lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl back in 2012. Football fans nationwide always talk about how ‘Tom Terrific’ lives up to his name best in games late in the season featuring extremely crummy conditions, but, who would have fathomed he’d be just as good, if not better, than his outdoor Hall of Fame self?

Both these outdoor teams are built for an outdoor style of football, with the New England offense likely to put up 50 points in any type of playing condition, giving them the ultimate edge. But Philadelphia has been a team of destiny and maybe in Minneapolis we’ll see a new hero in the cheesesteak city. Wow, that was a bad sandwich joke. Until August………


 

Here we have the updated weather report for the Eagles - Vikings NFC Championship game, brought by Joseph Martucci from The Press of Atlantic City. Check it out here!


Buen clima para ambos enfrentamientos por los titulos de division

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 01-21-2018 08:00

 

The East Coast has been absolutely pummeled with brutal winter weather for weeks now and surprisingly come championship Sunday, both Philadelphia and Foxborough aka Foxboro will be hosting games above freezing temperatures for the first time in weeks.

According to NFLWeather.com, both the AFC and NFC Championship games are expecting decent weather with temperatures in the mid-to-low-40s, after experiencing weeks of arctic conditions. However, if there’s one thing the last few weeks have taught us around the country is that weather conditions can change unexpectedly in an instant. Even though the forecast calls for decent weather, freezing temperatures are lurking once the sun goes down. If that’s the case, all four teams have had plenty of recent experience playing in temps below 32-degrees.

Despite the sun shining, single digit temperatures were waiting for the Jaguars in Pittsburgh but that didn’t stop Jacksonville from steamrolling the Steelers in a massive 45-42 upset. Quarterback Blake Bortles didn’t let the chilly elements get to him, especially when the team needed him most, finishing the game completing 5-of-6 attempts for 120 yards and some crucial first downs after starting the game 9-of-20. He didn’t need to play the role of hero and neither did his sensational rookie running back, Leonard Fournette, who still managed to torch the Black and Gold for 109 yards and three TD’s. It wasn’t one single man who beat the Steelers, it was a team effort, and that’s what it’ll take to stun the Patriots in New England.

The Pats are the heavy favorite to get to Super Bowl LII in Minnesota on Feb 4th, and if a frigid front finds its way into Foxborough then the likelihood of Jacksonville getting to its first Super Bowl in franchise history is substantially less likely. New England showcased its firepower in less than favorable conditions last week against Tennessee, basically freezing the Titans’ offense en route to a 35-14 win.

According to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, the Patriots have won 13 straight home games when the temperature is below freezing with the last loss happening over seven years ago. Five of those frigid wins occurred in January, where Tom Brady is seemingly unbeatable. If Tom Terrific does what he does best and Rob Gronkowski continues to demoralize entire defenses, it’ll be yet another new chapter added to the Belichick-Brady dynasty story.

It seems like the Belichick-Brady combo have conquered just about everything a head coach and quarterback duo can, but they’ve never won a Super Bowl against a team playing on its home field. With the Vikings still in the mix, and U.S. Bank Stadium hosting this season’s grand finale, the Minnesota Vikings could be the first ever team to play in a Super Bowl in their own stadium. But they’ll have to overcome both the Eagles in Philadelphia and the potentially crummy conditions that stand in their way.

Philadelphia is expected to be a bit warmer than New England but with precipitation anticipated on Monday and cool temperatures currently in Eastern PA, below freezing temps are very much a possibility and even a very small chance of flurries (not likely though). Since 2013, on the road in the cold the Vikings are only 2-3 but the most recent was a 16-0 shutout of the hated rival Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Minnesota pulled out the near flawless win with a heavy dose of pounding the football and limiting QB Case Keenum to only 25 passing attempts. Like Bortles, Keenum doesn’t need to be the star of the show this week, let the offensive line win the battle in the trenches so the rushers in the Vikings’ backfield can have a field day.

One player who completely uplifted this offense when injuries were devastating Minnesota was Latavius Murray. USA Today’s Steve Gardner had Vikings bruising RB Latavius Murray on his All Waiver Wire Team this season. “Murray took over as the lead back after rookie Dalvin Cook suffered a season-ending knee injury,” Gardner wrote. “However, it wasn’t until he rushed for 113 yards and a score in Week 7 did Murray become an every-week fantasy start.” Minnesota will need to establish the run early and often against an Eagles’ D that allows less than 90 rushing yards per game.

Philadelphia has been rock solid all season but the same can’t be said when the Eagles host a game when the thermometer dips below 32. Since 2011, Philly is only 3-4 at home in the cold but this season’s 6-0 regular season loss to Dallas was in Week 17 with the starters playing only a few snaps. However, last week’s 15-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons showed that even when the franchise quarterback is out (Carson Wentz), the Eagles still look like a complete team.

Quarterback Nick Foles has taken the team on his shoulders and now the Eagles are only one home game win away from a trip to the Super Bowl. Like Philly, Minnesota has an extremely stout defense so the QB can’t do it all alone, the running game will have to chip away at the NFL’s third-best D-unit against the rush. Luckily for the Eagles, the one-two punch of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount might be the perfect combo to wear down the Vikings D.

It’s an NFL Final Four nobody expected at the beginning of the season. Now, here we are, days away from knowing who will head to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. With only one elite quarterback left, on paper, it feels like the Pats’ year. But everyone was expecting to see the Steelers in NE this weekend and, well, here we are!


Reporte del clima para Philly de The Press

por The NFLW Team | 01-20-2018 18:00

 

Check out Joseph Martucci's great weather report for this weekend over at The Press of Atlantic City. Link here!


Heladas en Pittsbugs para el chque divisional

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 01-14-2018 08:00

 

The Jacksonville Jaguars typically don’t do well in the cold, unless it’s against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the Jags five coldest games in franchise history, the team posts a 1-4 record with the lone win coming against the Black and Gold. The only team to beat the Steelers twice in Pittsburgh in the same season was Jacksonville, and that second win was a frigid January playoff win. This game seems like a slam dunk win for the Steelers but if weather-related history between these former division rivals has taught us anything, it’s that the Jaguars have Pittsburgh’s number.

Leonard Fournette Leonard Fournette. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

According to NFLWeather.com, game time temps for the 1:05pm EST kickoff will be in the 18-20 range but will feel more like a shivering ten given the light wind. In the days leading up to the rematch from the regular season, Pittsburgh is going to experience a heavy dose of a wintery mix with rain and snow to open the weekend. With horrendous weather on Friday and into Saturday, once temperatures plummet (as they’re expected to do), there’s a chance for icy conditions on Sunday. Since temps will be so low and precipitation still very much a possibility, snow could also sneak its way into the game day forecast.

In early October, the Jags ripped through the Steelers with a shocking 30-9 road win at Heinz Field which was the victory that solidified the team as a legit contender this season. Jacksonville pulled off the win by pounding the ball between the tackles with Leonard Fournette who finished the afternoon with two touchdowns and 181 yards from 28 touches. Quarterback Blake Bortles didn’t need to be a hero that afternoon with the former first-rounder finishing the day completing 8-of-14 attempts for only 85 yards and an interception. Nothing needs to change from the team’s previous game plan and Fournette should see another massive workload against a defense that allows on average over 105 rushing yards per game and terrible winter weather is expected in the weekend forecast.

In the Jags’ last two road games featuring below freezing temps, the team was 0-2 including a Week 17 15-10 loss at Tennessee (most starters were rested). Pittsburgh in sub 32-degree weather on the other hand, according to the NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, is 16-4 in the cold since 2009 and 10-3 at home. Having won nine straight in frigid conditions, it seems nearly impossible to lose this week, but if Antonio Brown is a no-go, the Steelers could be in trouble against one of the league’s top defenses.

If AB can’t shake his illness and lingering calf injury, Juju Smit-Schuster and Martavis Bryant will be Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to targets and both speedsters have made plenty of big plays this season. USA Today’s Steve Gardner even included Smith-Schuster in his All-Waiver Wire Team. “There were several times fantasy owners could have grabbed the rookie wideout off waivers, but a touchdown catch in Week 4 signaled his arrival,” Gardner wrote in his most recent article. “Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 193 yards and a score in Week 8 – and he dominated over the final two weeks of the season (218 yards, 2 TD’s, plus a kick return TD) with Antonio Brown sidelined by injury.”

With or without AB, the passing game anchored by Big Ben will have to find a way to flourish. Thankfully Roethlisberger is the ideal QB to have under center is a game featuring crummy weather conditions, but with a running back like Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers’ offense instantly becomes one of the most high-octane offenses in the league. Bell, who didn’t dress Week 17, has also become the most dynamic running back in football and his weekly fantasy numbers in Draft Kings back it up. In his last five starts, Bell has averaged an impressive 30.44 points per week, making him worth every penny.

Three months after pulling off a remarkable upset, the AFC South champion Jacksonville Jaguars are headed back to Pittsburgh to do something they’ve done before... beat the Steelers in the Burgh in the postseason. With New England the destination for the victor, if Jacksonville can hold off Mother Nature and the Steelers constricting defense, we could see the upset of the postseason thus far.


 

Las temperaturas árticas y ventiscas han barrido gran parte de la costa este y el medio oeste esta semana y el sábado a última hora de la tarde en Kansas City no será diferente, cuando los Chiefs reciban a los Titans de Tennessee en un helado fin de semana de comodín.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , se esperan cielos despejados en Arrowhead Stadium para la patada de salida del sábado a las 4:35 p.m. ET, pero la superficie se parecerá a una tundra congelada dado que las temperaturas se sentirán más como 15 grados a pesar de una lectura del termómetro de unos 10 grados más. Se espera que la brisa suba a medida que avanza la noche, pero durante la tarde el viento probablemente se moverá en el rango de 10-12 mph. A partir del miércoles, hubo menos de un 5% probabilidad de precipitaciones, pero con lluvia / nieve en el pronóstico del domingo, hay buenas probabilidades de que las ráfagas de viento hagan alguna aparicion.

Rishard Matthews Rishard Matthews. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Hace poco más de un año, los Titans irrumpieron en Kansas City en una tarde helada y vencieron a los Chiefs en idénticas condiciones de juego (si no más frías). Los Titanes no jugaron el juego perfecto, lanzando una intercepción y entregando el balon dos veces, pero lograron una victoria difícil en un ambiente extremadamente complicado para obtener una codiciada victoria como visitante. Si pueden reducir las pérdidas de balón, Tennessee tiene el potencial de lograr un gran triunfo en los playoffs y escapar de Arrowhead con otra victoria impactante en menos de condiciones favorables de invierno.

Antes de vencer a los Chiefs la temporada pasada, los cuartos clasificados Tennessee (9-7) tenía 0-4 en sus cuatro juegos previos, cuando las temperaturas bajaron por debajo del punto de congelación, pero los Titans han sido victoriosos en sus últimos dos seguidas. El más reciente es una vicortria 15-10 a Jacksonville para sellar un puesto en los playoffs y barrer a los campeones de la AFC Sur. Tennessee no lo hizo corriendo la pelota ni despedazando la robusta D de los Jags por el aire, lo hicieron simplemente teniendo menos entregas de balon y el ganado el tiempo de posesión.

Si el equipo puede llevarlo a cabo nuevamente, todo se reducirá el juego y la toma de decisiones del mariscal de campo Marcus Mariota, cuya inconsistencia ha sido el talón de Aquiles de su equipo durante todo el año. Contra los Jaguars la semana pasada en las condiciones de congelación, el ex ganador de Heisman tuvo una humilde 12-de-21 para tan solo 134 yardas y un touchdown (10 carreras para 60 yardas también) pero el huevo de gallina en el departamento INT era realmente la única estadística que importaba. Él tendrá que tener mejor presencia contra la D de KC y la única manera de hacerlo es teniendo sus objetivos principales, Rishard Matthews y el ala cerrada Delanie Walker, encontrando algo de espacio en la secundaria de los Chiefs . Especialmente con el corredor DeMarco Murray aún un poco lastimado, el juego terrestre puede depender de Derrick Henry, que ha jugado excelente durente la segunda mitad de la temporada, pero sin un ataque aéreo impactante, la ofensiva de los Titans podría congelarse en el frío .

Asi como Tennessee , quinto clasificado Kansas City (10-6) ha tenido un tremendo éxito por tierra toda la temporada. El corredor de los Chiefs Kareem Hunt irrumpió en la escena esta temporada y es un verdadero candidato para novato del año. Steve Gardner de USA Today señaló en su artículo más reciente que no se esperaba que Hunt fuera un factor importante la semana pasada, sorprendiendo a los propietarios de fantasía cuando encontró la zona de anotación. "No se esperaba que Hunt jugara mucho, ya que la posición en los playoffs de los Kansas City Chiefs era segura", escribió Gardner . "Tocó la pelota una vez - una carrera de touchdown de 35 yardas - y eso fue todo. "Esta semana será el mejor jugador de Draft Kings con una jugada más barata de $ 1,600 que Todd Gurley esta semana hace que Hunt tenga un comienzo sólido en la fantasía diaria que probablemente vea toneladas de acción, especialmente teniendo en cuenta el escenario frio de el sábado lo que podría conducir a condiciones de pase cada vez más espantosas en el viento, o cuando llega la lluvia o la nieve.

De acuerdo con el Analisis Historico de NFLWeather.com, desde 2010, los Chiefs estan 9-8 en juegos con temperaturas bajo cero incluyendo un registro de 6-5 en casa durante ese lapso. De hecho, las últimas dos victorias de KC en esta temporada han sido en semanas consecutivas, con la victoria más reciente siendo 27-24 en Denver la anterior semana en la que todos los titulares de KC descansaron para los playoffs. La semana antes de que los Chiefs solidificaran el título de la AFC Oeste después de una victoria de 29-13 sobre Miami donde el mariscal de campo Alex Smith tuvo su mejor juego de la temporada al completar 25 de 39 intentos para 304 yardas y un TD.

Smith tuvo un partido terrible la última vez que KC organizó un juego de postemporada por lo que todos los ojos estarán puestos en el esta vez. La derrota ante Pittsburgh en la ronda divisional de la temporada pasada fue difícil, y Travis Kelce cometió una falta personal en el peor momento posible al final del cuarto cuarto. Es hora de que Kelce y compañía se rediman, y esta vez el equipo tiene a Tyreek Hill listo para ser el arma ofensiva explosiva como ha sido toda la temporada.

Si se toma en cuenta lo que Las Vegas piensa, Kansas City es el favorito para avanzar este fin de semana con una línea de apertura de -8.5, la mayor de cualquiera de los cuatro partidos de comodin. Pero esto, amigos míos, son los playoffs y con la madre naturaleza amenazando en Missouri, cualquier cosa y todo puede suceder el sábado!


Guia para el Fantasy de la fecha 17

por The NFLWeather Team | 12-30-2017 08:00

 

Steve Gardner de Usa Today ha publicado su completa guia para el fanrtasy de la fecha 16 de la NFL. La puedes ver aqui.


Frio helado en Music City para el duelo entre Titans y Jaguars

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 12-29-2017 08:00

 

Lo único que ha caído más rápido que la nieve en el Medio Oeste últimamente han sido los Tennessee Titans quien estan aun mas frios que las temperaturas locales en Nashville   particularmente su ofensiva.

Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , se esperan cielos despejados en Nashville el domingo para el arranque a las 4:25 p.m EST, pero un viento penetrante será el verdadero desafío para ambos rivales divisionales. Las temperaturas estarán en la mitad de los 20, pero se sentirán más como un solo dígito, ya que la brisa probablemente sea un remolino gélido constante de 10-12 mph. Actualmente hay menos de un 5% de posibilidades de precipitaciones, pero dadas las recientes tormentas de nieve que han afectado a los Grandes Lagos, quién sabe si veremos un poco de nieve en el pasto Bermuda dentro de el Nissan Stadium.

Una victoria para Tennessee (8-7) cierra la sexta posición en la AFC, lo que probablemente significará un viaje a Jacksonville (10-5) el próximo fin de semana en la ronda del comodín. Una derrota no necesariamente eliminará a los Titans, pero el equipo necesitaría derrotas de ambos Buffalo y Los Angeles Chargers para entrar furtivamente a los playoffs. Así que es bastante simple para los Titans, una victoria y están dentro, pero tendrán que conquistar tanto a los Jags como al fríopara lograrlo.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, los Titans estan 1-4 desde 2010 en juegos con temperaturas bajo cero mientras que Jacksonville tiene 0-1 en el mismo lapso. La victoria congelada llegó la temporada pasada cuando Marcus Mariota trajo valientemente los Titans recuperando 10 puntos en el ultimo cuarto para sorporender a los Chiefs en Kansas City, 19-17. Si Mariota puede hacerlo en KC a mediados de diciembre, el ex ganador de Heisman puede hacerlo nuevamente en casa esta semana. Él solo necesitará ayuda de sus corredores DeMarco Murray y Derrick Henry para combatir a la tercera mejor unidad defensiva de la liga.

Si nos fijamos en las actuaciones de los Titanes en las últimas semanas, el equipo está helado. Tennessee ha perdido tres juegos consecutivos , todos por cinco puntos o menos. Pero hay esperanza, dado que TEN ya jugó y aporreó a JAX una vez esta temporada por 37-16 en Florida. En esa victoria, los Titanes pudieron limitar a la ofensiva de Jacksonville , cuyo juego por tierra arrasó con las defensas superiores durante toda la temporada y promedia más de 145 yardas terrestres por juego. Pero después de la actuación defensiva de la semana pasada contra el ataque terrestre de Los Rams, la defensa de Tennessee necesita hacer un gran trabajo o terminara viendo los playoffs desde el sofá.

Steve Gardner de USA Today no tuvo más que elogios para el corredor que calcinó a los Titanes la semana pasada y probablemente elevó a los propietarios de fantasía a un título de liga: Todd Gurley. Gardner señaló en su artículo más reciente que "Gurley llevó el balón 22 veces para 118 yardas y agregó 10 atrapadas para 158 yardas y dos touchdowns. Eso se tradujo en 39.6 puntos de fantasía en las ligas de puntaje estándar, y 49.6 en las ligas PPR". Si Leonard Fournette de Jacksonville puede acumular la mitad de lo que hizo Gurley, entonces el novato RB podría matar las esperanzas de los Titans a llegar a los playoffs.

El castigador juego terrestre de los Jaguars ha sido la fuerza de la ofensiva JAX toda la temporada, pero no hay que olvidar su ataque aéreo. El mariscal de campo Blake Bortles ha sido sorprendentemente notable en las últimas semanas, anotando al menos 23 puntos o más en Daily Fantasy en cuatro de sus últimos cinco juegos. Teniendo en cuenta que Bortles no ha jugado muchos partidos en condiciones invernales, es difícil predecir cómo manejará los elementos, pero con el juego terrestre que tiene Jacksonville, no hay ninguna razón por la cual el equipo necesite depender del juego aereo. Va a ser el show de Fournette seguramente.

Los fanáticos de Tennessee pueden esperar y rezar para que su equipo se caliente el domingo dado que hay una plaza de postemporada en juego, pero las temperaturas heladas por otra parte, bueno, hay poca o ninguna posibilidad de que se calienten.


Cobertura de Tyler Sulliver de los Pats en 247sports.com

por The NFLWeather Team | 12-28-2017 08:00

 

Check out the great work of Tyler Sullivan covering the Patriots, over at 247sports.com. Also, have in mind that there is a weather alert for Foxborough for the regular season finale.


Guia para el Fantasy de la fecha 16

por The NFLWeather Team | 12-24-2017 10:00

 

Steve Gardner de Usa Today ha publicado su completa guia para el fanrtasy de la fecha 16 de la NFL. No te la pierdas!


Viento y temperaturas congeladas en visperas de navidad para los Browns y Bears

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 12-23-2017 17:00

 

La campaña 2017 para los Browns y los Bears ha sido oscura y deprimente, de hecho, ambas franquicias históricas han sido tan sombrías como el clima helado de Nochebuena pronosticado para Chicago el domingo.

Deshone Kizer Deshone Kizer. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , las condiciones a lo largo de las orillas del lago Michigan serán miserables. El termómetro indicará un nivel bajo de 20 grados para la patada inicial de las 13:00 hora del este, pero una brisa penetrante de 10 a 14 millas por hora reducirá el enfriamiento del viento a casi un dígito. Actualmente, las precipitaciones no está pronosticadas, pero el efecto lago podría facilitar algunas ráfagas durante la tarde.

Ambos equipos ya jugaron y perdieron un juego con temperaturas bajo cero esta temporada, pero un triunfo en la semana 16 sería el perfecto regalo navideño para los fanáticos lo suficientemente locos como para desafiar al frente congelado en el Solider Field. La semana 16 es particularmente importante, ya que normalmente es cuando se juega el partido de campeonato en la mayoría de los formatos de fantasía de playoffs, y este enfrentamiento frío podría proporcionar una opción potencial para ganar un campeonato de fantasía; a pesar de que ambos equipos nunca fueron mencionados en el debate de postemporada de la NFL durante todo el año.

Steve Gardner de USA Today cree que una jugada en particular podría ser la forma de la defensa de los Chicago Bears, que ha marcado dos dígitos en la fantasía diaria cinco veces ya esta temporada. "Los Bears son la eleccion de esta semana, jugando en casa contra los Browns de Cleveland que estan sin victorias ", escribió Gardner. El mariscal de campo DeShone Kizer ha lanzado 19 intercepciones, el quemas lo ha hecho en la NFL esta temporada. Las defensas que juegan con los Browns estan primeras en puntos de fantasía, con un promedio de 12.8 por semana. "En un enfrentamiento feroz contra Cincinnati en la semana 14, la defensa de los Bears marco 11 en Draft Kings siguiendo el triunfo 33-7 como visitantes.

Contra los Bengals, no fue solo la defensa de Chicago (4-10) la que estuvo a la altura de las circunstancias a pesar de las malas condiciones. El mariscal de campo novato Mitch Trubisky tuvo su mejor juego de la temporada, completando 25 de 32 intentos para 271 yardas y un par de touchdowns (uno por tierra). Pero su estadística más impresionante en la victoria fue cero entregas de balón. El novato atacó a Kendall Wright en 11 ocasiones y el receptor termino el encuentro con 10 recepciones para 107 yardas. Wright fue uno de los ocho receptores diferentes que Trubisky encontró contra los Bengals. Por solo $ 4,700 en DK, Trubisky podría ser un juegador furtivo barato esta semana contra una D que permitió a Brett Hundley lanzar para tres TD en condiciones de juego similares.

Tan eléctrico como el juego aéreo de los Bears estaba en Cincy , el juego en el suelo estaba aún más en llamas. Jordan Howard incendió a los Bengals con 147 yardas en 23 acarreos y dos touchdowns, mientras que Tarik Cohen agregó 80 yardas en 12 acarreos. Los Browns no han permitido un corredor de 100 yardas en las últimas tres semanas, pero dado lo dominante que ha sido el ataque terrestre de los Bears durante toda la temporada, con un promedio de casi 120 yardas, es probable que esa racha para Cleveland llegue a su fin.

Al igual que Chicago, los Browns (0-14) se han caracterizado a la ofensiva por su juego terrestre y si Cleveland tiene alguna intención de romper su racha sin triunfos este fin de semana, los muchachos en el backfield necesitan superar el frente defensivo de los Bears y en menos favorable condiciones Isaiah Crowell y Duke Johnson Jr. han sido el golpe de uno y dos en toda la temporada y el domingo no será diferente. Mientras que Johnson Jr. ve más acción por via de pase en terceros intentos, el Crow dominará los toques tempranos y si la nieve se convierte en un factor a medida que las temperaturas caen, Crowell podría ver incluso una dosis más pesada de acarreos.

Según el Análisis Histórico de NFLWeather.com , desde 2009, los Browns estan 6-10 cuando las temperaturas están por debajo de 32 , incluida una devastadora derrota en tiempo suplementario 27-21 en Green Bay esta temporada. En el mismo lapso, Chicago no ha sido mucho mejor, publicando un registro de 8-11 .

Para que Cleveland rompa la racha, Kizer necesita jugar como el mariscal de campo de los Browns del futuro. En condiciones terribles contra GB, el novato acumuló números admirables durante su actuación de tres TD, pero sus dos intercepciones fueron el último factor determinante en esa derrota. Josh Gordon estuvo muy involucrado será la primera opcion en el enfrentamiento con Chicago.

Si los Bears no pueden encontrar una solución para detener a Gordon, la noche del domingo será una noche silenciosa en Chicago.


 

El pronóstico en Pittsburgh para los próximos días es salvaje, con nieve, lluvia y temperaturas bajo cero. Con horrendas condiciones invernales esperadas para el domingo, cuando los Pittsburgh Steelers reciban a los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra para los que sera [prácticamente] el partido que defina quien jugara de local en la AFC durante los playoffs.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , es probable que las temperaturas del domingo estaen en la parte alta de los 30 grados, pero se sentirá mucho más cerca del punto de congelación con los vientos de 5-6 mph que probablemente aumenten a medida que la tarde avanza. Dado que el juego tendra su patada de inicio a las 4:25 p.m. EST en Heinz Field, una vez que el sol se ponga las condiciones solo se pondrán más frías. The Burgh está anticipando que el frente frío con nieve llegará el miércoles o el jueves (3-5 pulgadas) con solo un 20% de nieve hacia el fin de semana, mientras las temperaturas se recuperaran lentamente. Sin embargo, se esperan precipitaciones el domingo y la temperatura determinará si es lluvia helada o ráfagas de nieve.

Una victoria para Pittsburgh (11-2) les dará una fecha libre en la primera ronda de playoffs, pero una victoria y una derrota o empate de Jacksonville solidifica la ventaja máxima en la AFC y jugar de local durante los playoffs. Técnicamente, todo lo que New England (10-3) necesita esta semana para garantizar un lugar en los playoffs es que Baltimore pierda o empate, pero si los Patriots ganan o empatan contra los Steelers entonces NE conseguirá en la corona de la AFC Este. Con tanto en juego, ninguno de los equipos puede permitir que la Madre Naturaleza sea un factor negativo este fin de semana.

Rob Gronkowsky Rob Gronkowsky. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Los Steelers rara vez desmejoran su juego por la lluvia, nieve o incluso temperaturas frías. De acuerdo con el Análisis Histórico de NFLWeather.com, desde 2010, los de negro y oro estan 11-3 bajo la lluvia ( 8-1 en casa con la única derrota siendo un partido contra NE), 3-1 en la nieve y 14-4 cuando las temperaturas en el campo de juego están por debajo del punto de congelación , incluidas ocho victorias consecutivas.

Gran parte de ese éxito se puede atribuir al mariscal de campo Ben Roethlisberger, que es el mariscal de campo ideal para tener bajo centro cuando el clima es un factor. Desde 2012, Big Ben solo ha entrgado el balón seis veces en enfrentamientos afectados por el clima y ha tenido un increíble récord de 13-2 en ese lapso. Definitivamente lo ayudó a tener ese record la presencia de Antonio Brown, pero JuJu Smith-Schuster y Martavis Bryant también han sido extremadamente efectivos en el juego aéreo (cuando no están suspendidos). Incluso si Roethlisberger lanza la mitad de los intentos de pase de lo que hizo hace una semana, eso es 33 dropbacks contra una secundaria de NE que permite la cuarta mayor cantidad de yardas aéreas por juego en la liga.

Pero con el clima siendo un factor masivo, Pittsburgh probablemente se apoyará en el mejor corredor de la liga, Le'Veon Bell. Steve Gardner de USA Today incluso anoto a Bell en actuación más reciente con su 'Even Broader Shoulders Award' en su artículo de esta semana. "Bell lo hizo todo contra los Baltimore Ravens, corriendo para 48 yardas y un par de touchdowns y atrapando nueve pases para 77 yardas y otra anotacion", escribió Gardner. "Todo ese esfuerzo en una salvaje conclusión a los juegos del domingo que resultó en 30.5 puntos de fantasía estándar para Bell y 39.5 en formatos PPR."

Detener a Bell es absolutamente imprescindible si New England quiere tener alguna oportunidad de escapar de un Heinz Field congelado con una victoria crucial este domingo. La defensa terrestre de los Pats permitió más de 300 yardas por tierra en las últimas dos semanas, pero ha obstaculizado los ataques terrestres sólidos previamente esta temporada, como con Nueva Orleans donde permitieron solo 81 yardas por tierra. La defensa NE ha ido mejorando durante el transcurso de esta temporada, y nosotros todos sabemos que Bill Belicheck y Tom Brady saben como derrotar a Pittsburgh, habiendo ganado los últimos cuatro encuentros consecutivas.

Hablando de Brady, Tom Terrific realmente ha estado a la altura de lo que se espera de el aún más, a medida que empeora el clima. En su última docena de juegos impactados por los elementos , Brady tiene marca de 11-1 y promedia más de 35 intentos de pase una encuentro. Dicho esto, una ligera nevada o una ducha dispersa no impedirá que TB12 se desate contra la secundaria de los Steelers quienes fueron completamente quemados por Joe Flacco hace una semana.

Con Rob Gronkowski regresando de su suspensión, se espera que el masivo ala cerrada consiga una cantidad masiva de pases contra la defensa de los Steelers sin Ryan Shazier. Las alas abiertas Brandin Cooks y Chris Hogan tuvieron actuaciones abismales contra los Miami Dolphins el lunes, pero los velocistas deberían no tener problemas para trabajar contra esa defensa, incluso en la nieve.

Con todos los elementos para que sea un partido de puntaje alto, es absolutamente increíble que la ventaja de local en la AFC pueda reducirse a quién tiene la pelota en la última serie del encuentro. Ambos equipos tienen unos de los mejores de mariscales de campo y pateadores en la liga, así que esperemos que este sea otro capítulo intenso en esta increíble rivalidad.


Rafagas pronosticadas para el partido entre Packers y Browns

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 12-08-2017 08:00

 

Los Browns en los últimos años han sido tan fascinantes como palear la nieve, pero el Dog Pound tendrá una temporada navideña mucho más feliz si Cleveland puede hacer Grinch y robar las esperanzas de comodín de Green Bay.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , se esperan ráfagas en el horario de la patada de salida entre estas dos franquicias el domingo dentro del FirstEnergy Stadium. Un viento de 20 mph se arremolinará en el lago Erie, dando a los jugadores y aficionados por igual un efecto frígido donde el termómetro podría mostrar bajos 30 grados f,, pero se sentirá menos de la mitad, durante el juego.

Cleveland (0-12) tiene poco por que jugar, aparte de la selección general más alta en el draft, pero los próximos dos juegos son contra contendientes de playoffs por lo que la oportunidad de jugar el papel de spoiler es definitivamente una razón para terminar la temporada fuerte. Los Browns vienen de una derrota frustrante ante los Chargers, donde desperdiciaron una clara ventaja en la segunda mitad. Pero el regreso de Josh Gordon a la ofensiva de los Browns, y su participación inmediata, son un punto positivo.

Aaron Jones Aaron Jones. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Si los Browns tienen alguna esperanza de lograr el revés en la nieve, necesitarán a Gordon jugando como un veterano y ganando yardas despues de la recepcion para su mariscal de campo novato DeShone Kizer. La precisión de Kizer ha sido un problema, pero si la nieve se vuelve extremadamente pesada, el novato vera muchas jugadas de carrera que podrían convertirlo en un comienzo barato decente en el daily fantasy por menos de $ 5,000. Con el clima siendo un factor importante esta semana, Kizer no puede permitirse ninguna entrega de balón como lo hizo hace una semana a última hora del cuarto cuarto con un fumble y una intercepcion.

Según el análisis histórico de NFLWeather.com, Cleveland esta 0-4 en sus últimos cuatro juegos con nieve y si el mediocre juego terrestre de los Browns no puede superar las 105 yardas por juego que actualmente promedian, continuara con esa tendencia. Sólo una vez esta temporada ha visto a Isaiah Crowell acarrear por menos de dos dígitos y en un juego que presenta un clima terrible, "el Cuervo" debería ver más acción que Duke Johnson Jr. quien generalmente es más usado en el juego aéreo cuando el equipo está en desventaja. Quizás esta sea finalmente la semana en que el equipo no esté perdiendo cuando el reloj llegue a 0.

Green Bay (6-6) sigue buscando la forma de conseguir ser un equipo de comodín en la post-temporada pero necesita consiguir grandes victorias contra oponentes más débiles en malas condiciones, como en la (probable) nieve el domingo antes los Browns. Con un récord de 3-1 en sus últimos cuatro juegos con ráfagas, el Pack sabe una cosa o dos acerca de cómo encarar estos tipos de partidos y el que plan de juego usar para enfrentamientos en el frio de finales de año.

La manera más fácil de hacerlo es ganar la batalla en las trincheras y crear agujeros entre los tackles para que los corredores de Green Bay hagan todo el trabajo y dominanen el tiempo de la posesión. Ha sido difícil predecir quién será el líder cada semana en GB, pero Steve Gardner cree que el corredor de GB, Aaron Jones , está de vuelta. "Jones tuvo un par de juegos de 100 yardas antes en la temporada, anterior a una lesión en la rodilla que llevó a Jamaal Williams al papel titular", escribió Gardner esta semana. "A pesar de que Williams ha sido sólido, Jones regresó el domingo con un touchdown de 20 yardas en tiempo extra. Con el regreso de Aaron Rodgers en el horizonte, la ofensiva de Packers será mucho mejor en el tramo final de la temporada. "También vale la pena señalar que Jones es $ 1,200 más barato en Draft Kings que su homólogo".

Hablando del estelar mariscal de campo Aaron Rodgers, el ex ganador del Super Bowl ha vuelto a tirar el balón pero no se jagará por al menos otra semana. Brett Hundley continuará jugando bajo centro y después de una excelente actuación en Pittsburgh en un juego que presenta temperaturas bajo cero; el joven mariscal de campo lució menos que impresionante la semana pasada contra Tampa Bay, pero Hundley al final logró una importantísima victoria.

Si el destino del juego se reduce a los pateadores, con temperaturas más frías que normalmente no permiten que la pelota viaje tan lejos, Mason Crosby de GB obtiene la ventaja únicamente por experiencia. El veterno de los Packers se ha ereado en cuatro intentos de FG esta temporada, uno menos que Zane González, quien falló cinco en 2017, cuatro de los cuales fueron en casa. Veamos cómo al bluegrass de Kentucky se sostiene en la nieve ...


EL mundo de la nieve en Buffalo para partido entre Patriots y Bills

por Will Strome, NFLWeather.com | 11-30-2017 16:00

 

Solo los Buffalo Bills podrían sentar en la banca a su mariscal de campo titular, traerlo de vuelta y, de alguna manera, seguir estando de la disputa por un lugar en los playoffs. Con un enfrentamiento divisional muy importante en el horizonte contra los aparentemente imparable Patriots y con la ayuda de un frente frío y ráfagas en el pronóstico, tal vez la madre naturaleza puede ayudar a los Bills a lograr un revés desesperadamente necesitado en la nieve y mantener vivas sus esperanzas de postemporada.

De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com , las ráfagas de nieve son posibles para la patada de salida a las 13:00 EST en Orchard Park, NY dentro del New Era Field con vientos suaves de 10 mph. El termómetro solo mostrara 30 y tantos grados, pero la sensación térmica se sentirá mucho más cercana a los 20 tantos para los fanáticos com para los jugadores.

Nueva Inglaterra (9-2) ha sido un monstruo absoluto en la nieve durante varios años. Pero los Pats definitivamente son derrotables, aunque no suceda muy seguido. Nueva Inglaterra perdió en Denver, 30-24, en 2015 , pero antes de esa derrota ante los Broncos, los Pats ganaron sus dos anteriores juegos de nieve superando a sus rivales por 70-10.

Tom Brady Tom Brady. Foto cortesia de USA Today.

El mariscal de campo Tom Brady merece mucho, pero no todo el mérito, por los excelentes resultados de New England en enfrentamientos con impacto climático. No hay duda de que buscará seguido al ala cerrada Rob Gronkowski, especialmente si el clima empeora, pero el debate semanal continúa encuanto a cual ala abierta sera el objetivo principal de Brady junto a Gronk y la superestrella emergente Brandin Cooks. Dado que Chris Hogan figura como cuestionable, cuenten con Danny Amendola para sorprender a los propietarios de fantasía en contra de una secundaria que permite más de 240 yardas aéreas por juego.

Al igual que la situación del receptor, ha sido difícil predecir quien sera el líder en el abarrotado backfield de los Pats. Pero Steve Gardner de USA Today cree que Rex Burkhead es la mejor opcion de fantasy. "Está recibiendo toques constantes en la zona roja", escribió Gardner. "A pesar de que Dion Lewis es el principal portador de la pelota (por ahora), el valor adicional de Burkhead en el juego aéreo lo convierte en el mejor RB de las Patriots en cuanto al fantasy". A pesar de que Lewis vio toques de doble dígito en seis juegos consecutivos, ser $500 más barato en Draft Kings hace que Burkhead sea una compra atractiva si se prentan malas condiciones de juego.

En la línea de banda opuesta, Gardner cree que Zay Jones podría ser un gigante dormido en el ataque aéreo de los Bills. "Ha tomado un tiempo para que el papel de Jones en la ofensiva se expanda, pero las lesiones de Kelvin Benjamin y Jordan Matthews han llevado a un aumento en sus pases", dijo Gardner en su más reciente artículo. "El novato viene de 10 objetivos y la segunda anotación de su carrera". El novato puede ver más objetivos, pero depende del corredor LeSean McCoy y del ala cerrada Charles Clay como principales puntos focales de la ofensiva Bills.

Jones necesitará desesperadamente brindar algún apoyo al mariscal de campo Tyrod Taylor, que ha visto su parte de éxitos y fallas en la nieve. El año pasado, en una victoria nevada de 33-13 sobre Cleveland, Taylor completó 17 de 24 intentos para 174 yardas y un touchdown, al tiempo que agregó 49 yardas por tierra en siete acarreos. Lo que es más importante, Taylor evitó entregas de balón, algo que no pudo hacer en la derrota por 27-20 ante Pittsburgh en la nieve en 2016. Taylor solo tiró tres intercepciones durante toda la temporada, pero el furtivo mariscal de campo se ha equivocado en varias ocasiones y simplemente no puede permitirse hacerlo el domingo.

Buffalo (6-5) esta temporada ha sido tan impredecible como el clima local. Después de caer ante tres oponentes derrotables en forma consecutiva, los Bills derrotarion a los Chiefs en Kansas City y están inmediatamente de vuelta en la pelea por un lugar en la postemporada. De acuerdo con NFLWeather.com Historical Analytics, los Bills estan 2-3 en sus cinco juegos de nieve más recientes , incluido 1-1 la temporada pasada. Si Buffalo puede evitar las entregas y ganar el tiempo de posesión, tal vez tendrán una oportunidad esta semana.

La superficie de A-Turf en Buffalo ha sido sede de muchos grandes juegos de nieve a lo largo de los años y esperamos ver otro clásico nevado este domingo. Una victoria para los Bills no lo sva a acercar demasiado al título de la AFC Este, pero si lo acerca a conseguir una plaza de comodin en los playoffs. Y es probable segun el pronóstico que veamos ventiscas de invierno en el norte del estado de Nueva York este domingo por la tarde.



 
 
 
 
 
 

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